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Assessment as Learning
Using Classroom Assessment to Maximize Student Learning

Second Edition


© 2013 | 160 pages | Corwin

Your key to understanding how formative assessment improves learning!

High-stakes tests and end-of-year assessments dominate educational planning and curriculum. Yet, formative assessments are proven to have the most impact on day-to-day learning.

Teachers who understand how to use assessment to spark learning unlock a powerful educational tool, and Assessment as Learning can show you how. Using clear explanations and poignant cases, this book illustrates how formative assessment can be used to understand student beliefs, inform classroom instruction, and encourage student reflection. Fully revised, this second edition features

  • Discussion of the complex nature of learning
  • Ways to use formative assessment in a variety of contexts
  • Real-life examples and case studies of assessment in action
  • Sample rubrics and lesson plans for easy implementation
  • Ideas for Follow-up at the end of each chapter 
  • Insights into common classroom dilemmas along with viable solutions

Unraveling the mystery of formative assessment, this resource reveals how this teaching technique optimizes learning.

"Lorna Earl is an international thought leader when it comes to linking quality assessment to teaching, learning and student success."
—Rick Stiggins, Author and Consultant

"Earl begins at the beginning, focusing on assessing what students believe is true and using assessment information to help students develop and extend learning from those initial beliefs. Readers should do likewise, asking themselves what they believe is true about assessment and then extending their learning with this book."
—Susan M. Brookhart, Consultant
Brookhart Enterprises

 
About the Author
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. The Promise and the Challenge of Classroom Assessment
Why This Book?  
How the Educational World has Changed  
The Power of Classroom Assessment  
What is This Book About?  
The Case of "Understanding Learning and Assessment"  
Using This Book  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
2. Situating Assessment Changes
A Brief History of Assessment  
Looking for Change in all the Wrong Places  
Rethinking Assessment for Real Change  
Purpose is Everything  
Classroom Assessment and Large-Scale Reform  
Taking Up the Challenge  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
3. Assessment of Learning, for Learning, and as Learning
Assessment of Learning  
Assessment for Learning  
Assessment as Learning  
Getting the Balance Right  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
4. Spotlight on Learning
Learning Makes Us Human  
How People Learn  
Learning for Understanding  
Learning is Hard Work  
Learning Happens in Context  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
5. Assessment and Learning
How Does Classroom Assessment Contribute to Learning?  
Assessment as an Integral part of Teaching and Learning  
Realizing the Power of Assessment to Optimize Learning  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
6. Using Assessment to Identify What They "Believe to Be True"
"The Case of the Pool Table"  
Start With What They Believe to be True  
"The Case of the Blog"  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
7. Using Assessment to Motivate Learning
Assessment That Motivates  
Relevant Assessment  
Imaginative Assessment  
Assessment that Scaffolds Learning  
"The Case of Othello"  
Assessment to Reverse Socialization  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
8. Using Assessment to Make Connections
Curriculum as Visible Targets for Learning  
Plan Learning, Plan Assessment, and Expect the Unexpected  
"The Case of Planned Literacy"  
Differentiation  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
9. Using Assessment to Extend Learning
Feedback for Learning  
Rubrics and Exemplars as Tools  
"The Case of the Brass Band"  
Ideas, Connections, and Extensions (ICE)  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
10. Using Assessment for Reflection and Self-Regulation
"The Case of Jojo"  
Students as Their Own Best Assessors  
Developing Self-Regulating Habits of Mind  
"The Case of Choices"  
Ideas for Follow Up  
 
11. Getting to Assessment for Optimum Learning
It's About Learning, and It's About Time  
Getting to the Spirit of AFL Requires Conceptual Change  
Think About What You Believe to be True  
Learn About Learning  
Know Your Subject  
Be an Expert Teacher  
Work Together in Collaborative Inquiry  
Don't Give Up, But be Gentile With Yourself  
Self-Regulation for You Too  
Get the Support You Need  
Put it All Together  
 
References
 
Index

“This valuable resource goes beyond assessment for learning by shifting from the teacher to the student as the key assessor in self-monitoring personal goals and external standards.”

Julie Prescott, Assessment Coordinator
Vallivue High School, Caldwell, ID

"In Assessment as Learning, Dr. Earl shares her deep understanding of classroom assessment and her commitment to harnessing its power for student learning. She begins at the beginning, focusing on assessing what students believe is true and using assessment information to help students develop and extend learning from those initial beliefs. Readers should do likewise, asking themselves what they believe is true about assessment and then extending their learning with this book."

Susan M. Brookhart, Consultant, Brookhart Enterprises LLC
Senior Research Associate, Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning, Duquesne University, Helena, MT

"Assessment as Learning is an invaluable resource for teacher candidates. It provides an extensive review of assessment theory, research, policy and practise."

Louis Volante, Associate Professor (Assessment & Evaluation)
Brock University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

"Lorna Earl is an international thought leader when it comes to linking quality assessment to teaching, learning and student success. We are both members of a worldwide community of researchers, teachers, and school leaders intent on advancing our understanding of how to use assessment day to day in the classroom to both promote and verify student achievement. As we collaborate, Lorna points us in the right direction."

Rick Stiggins, Consultant
Portland, OR

"Despite two decades of work by educators to turn assessment into an activity that helps students to learn better, there is still much work to be done. The focus needs to move away from routines carried by teachers, truly to engage students themselves. It is this fundamental shift that Lorna Earl emphasizes in this excellent second edition of her book."

Mary James, Professor, Cambridge University
Founding Member of the Assessment Reform Group
Key features
The book does the following:
  • Defines assessment of learning, assessment for learning and assessment as learning, making a case for assessment as learning.
  • Addresses assessment in the context of what learning is
  • Shows how to use formative assessment to motivate student learning, help students make connections so that they move from emergent to proficient, extend their learning and to help them become reflective self-regulators of their own learning
  • Explores how teachers can make the shift to formative assessment by engaging in conceptual change

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Four: Spotlight on Learning


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